The arrival of COVID-19 has heralded an increase in the number of people working and studying from home as the UK lives through a period of ‘lockdown’. This, in turn, has pushed up the cost of energy for many, who are now eating, sleeping, working and playing at home as part of the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. As the adverse effects on the economy trickle down to householders trying to juggle work, family commitments and looking after their home, so reducing energy bills becomes more important than ever.
Families can find themselves having to sustain multiple IT systems, internet connections and other electrical appliances to sustain more or more jobs that are now based at home, as well as support children and young people studying remotely from their living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens. Being able to rely upon a steady electricity supply for the day’s work is key, as well as gas for cooking and energy to power entertainment such as TV, games consoles and phone or tablet charging devices.
Save Money On Energy Bills
While the UK Government has put in place a series of emergency measures to support people facing the prospect of not being able to afford their energy bill, it is prudent to look for ways to reduce the cost of energy usage during these uncertain times. Here are ten ways to save money on electricity and gas bills that are easy to achieve under lockdown conditions.
1. Stay warm in other ways: Don’t immediately reach for the thermostat dial if your home starts to feel chilly. Put on an extra layer to help yourself feel toasty again, and make sure you have closed all the windows. Is it time to arrange an insulation check, and plug any gaps around the windows and doors to keep out the cold?
2. Watch the water: Take care when using water in your daily routine to see where you can save money. Turn off the tap when you are not using it, for example while brushing your teeth. Wash clothes on a lower temperature and only add the amount of water you need at any one time to the kettle before boiling it.
3. Dust off your light bulbs: A layer of dust can dull even the brightest bulb, so include a quick wipe over of all light bulbs in your regular cleaning routine. The same goes for windows, both inside and out. Turn lights off when they are not in use and switch to halogen bulbs wherever possible for reduced energy consumption.
4. Use radiators wisely: Bleed your radiators regularly to make sure that they are performing as they should be. Vacuum around them to get rid of any dust and keep the heat flowing around the columns. Don’t dry clothes on top of radiators, as this, too, can reduce the amount of heat they emit into the room.
5. Many of us are enjoying doing more cooking and baking during lockdown. This may well lead to increased energy use; however, you can mitigate against this by following some every-saving tips. Don’t use the microwave to melt butter – instead, place it next to a window on a sunny day. Turn off the hob for the final five minutes or so when boiling vegetables and beat ingredients for cakes by hand instead of using an electric blender.
6. Slow down: Many of us have more time than ever before to take life at a more leisurely pace. Use a slow cooker to make meals, instead of firing up multiple hobs, the oven and microwave. Have a family board games night to allow the TV to have a rest. Start up an electricity-free hobby such as sewing or playing a musical instrument to help pass the time and cut down on the energy bills.
7. Exterior energy: Put your exterior security lights on timer so that they don’t come on all night – this will help maintain good relations with the neighbours as well as cut down on how much they cost to run. Choose an electric lawn mower over a petrol model for a more energy-efficient way to keep the garden tidy and keep swimming pool or hot tubs covered to retain heat in the water when not in use.
8. Fridge care: Keep the fridge door closed when you are not using it, and make sure that the items inside are packed correctly to avoid blocking the door. Keep the coils at the back of the fridge clean for optimum performance – dirty coils make the fridge work harder and so use more energy.
9. Shop around to see if you can find a cheaper energy provider online. There are always deals out there for the taking, even in uncertain times like these. Many energy providers offer sizeable incentives to people switching over to them, while others are keen to retain loyal customers with agreements for lower tariffs, payment holidays and reduced payment plans.
10. Energy education: take time as a family to find out more about how you can reduce energy use while at home. Look into alternative energy sources too, such as solar powered photovoltaic panels that could help reduce your reliance on the National grid and help you generate energy at little to no additional cost.
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